The Carolina Hurricanes could be without Andrej Nestrasil and Jay McClement for their home game against the Boston Bruins on Friday after both forwards left Thursday’s road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs with injuries.
Nestrasil suffered a lower-body injury late in the second period, when he fell and rammed his lower back into the boards after being on the receiving end of a clean shoulder check from Toronto’s Nazem Kadri. The 25-year-old center recorded one shot in 9 minutes, 49 seconds of ice time before exiting.
McClement did not make it past his first shift, departing with an upper-body injury. He saw only 24 seconds of action, losing a faceoff in his brief time on the ice.
Nestrasil has registered career highs in several offensive categories this season, recording nine goals and 14 assists in 55 games. McClement has struggled to collect points, netting one tally and setting up eight others in 61 contests.
Selected by Detroit in the third round of the 2009 draft, Nestrasil made his debut with the Red Wings in 2014-15, notching a pair of assists in 13 games. He was claimed off waivers and completed the season with Carolina, registering seven goals and 18 points in 41 contests with the Hurricanes.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Nestrasil has collected 16 goals and 27 assists in 109 regular-season games with Detroit and Carolina but has yet to appear in a playoff contest. A native of Prague, he recorded totals of two goals and eight assists in 12 games while representing the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Junior Championships in 2010 and 2011.
McClement was a second-round pick of St. Louis in 2001 and debuted for the club in 2005-06, notching six goals and 21 assists in 67 games. He posted a career-high 36 points the following season and scored a personal-best 12 goals with the Blues in 2008-09.
The 32-year-old was shipped to Colorado with defenseman Erik Johnson on February 19, 2011 for Chris Stewart and blue-liner Kevin Shattenkirk but left the Avalanche to sign a two-year, $3 million deal with Toronto in July 2012. After his time with the Maple Leafs expired, he moved south to Carolina, with whom he inked a one-year, $1 million contract before signing a two-year, $2.4 million extension on March 1, 2015.
McClement has collected 83 goals and 151 assists in 825 regular-season games with the Blues, Avalanche, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes while going scoreless in 11 playoff contests with St. Louis and Toronto. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Kingston, Ontario helped Canada win silver medals at the 2002 and 2003 IIHF World Junior Championships and capture gold at the 2007 World Championship.